KB Home’s lab Dade Moeller produces 10-page report showing strontium-90 radiation only a quarter of “background” for Runkle Canyon, a fraction of previous results. Hot zone hooey.
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L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl leads tough talks with VA to secure $1 million for comprehensive Phase 2 tests of West LA VA’s forgotten biomedical nuclear dump. Ensuing tests laughable.
Department of Toxics Substances Control begins massive cleanup of Rocketdyne dump next to Sage Ranch State Park. Debris field includes cancerous asbestos and pipes lined with toxic antimony.
Radiation Rangers and Simi Valley residents demand new Runkle Canyon Environmental Impact Report and a government meeting over pollution concerns at the Simi Valley City Council meeting.
Gov. Schwarzenegger signs SB-990, a bill by State Senator Sheila Kuehl to clean up Rocketdyne to Superfund standards. Boeing agrees to pay for remediation and donate lab for parkland.
West L.A.VA commits $1 million to second phase nuclear dump survey. “We’re going to waste a million dollars for no purpose,” VA official says. Survey will sample in wrong places.
Syringes and medical waste, including low-level radioactive materials, were covered by fill material to depths of twenty to thirty feet or more at the Brentwood School on West L.A. VA land.
Ventura County Star and Simi Valley Acorn report Runkle Canyon as “safe” with continued fact-challenged coverage including a false alarm about copper. Hogwash reporting no surprise.
Congressman Henry Waxman’s office yields over 5,000 pages of Veterans Administration data about radiation dump under Brentwood School and dog park. EnviroReporter.com analyzing treasure trove.
City of Simi Valley tests Runkle Canyon water and soil for arsenic after Radiation Rangers’ samples show same. Rangers release full Pat-Chem lab report on heavy metals in Runkle Canyon Creek.
Rep. Henry Waxman refuses repeated media requests for 5,500 pages of information supplied him by Department of Veterans Affairs’ West Los Angeles VA regarding their biomedical nuclear dump.
Los Angeles CityBeat & ValleyBeat cover story “The Radiation Rangers” reveals high arsenic, nickel and vanadium in Runkle Canyon surface water found by undaunted citizen sentinels.
Brentwood nuke dump expert says ENVIRON’s 12 subsurface soil borings at Brentwood School are insufficient to make safety claims. School ends up replacing upper baseball field.
Simi Valley residents, at invite of City of Simi Valley, submit questions to state Radiologic Health Branch about Runkle Canyon exposé in Los Angeles CityBeat and EnviroReporter.com.
Brentwood School hires two firms to test soil for radioactive and chemical contamination. Testing will be flawed by picking wrong locations through unsound science or possibly worse.
KB Home’s subcontractors claim that their testing indicates that only .26 out of a million people exposed to the Sr-90 at Runkle Canyon, even though the U.S. EPA clearly states otherwise.